Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:
… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.
• Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
• Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
• One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
• Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.
The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.
1. Australia: Blue Mountains
Near Katoomba, NSW.
2. Austria: Kitzbühel Alps
3. Brazil: Serra do Ibitiraquire
Near Morretes, Paraná.
4. Canada: Coast Mountains
Near Vancouver, BC.
5. Chile: lower Andes
Near Vicuña, Región de Coquimbo (Región IV).
6. Chile: Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa)
Región de Antofagasta (Región II).
7. Germany: Wetterstein
8. México: Sierra de San Pedro Mártir
Picacho del Diablo, Baja California.
9. New Zealand: Southern Alps
Flyover near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
10. South Africa: Table Mountain Group
Over Cape Town and Cape Peninsula.
11. United States: Hawai’i
Near Kawaihae, Big Island.
Except for the top and bottom images, I made all remaining photos labelled “HL” between 2005 and 2018 with the following detectors: Canon A510 Powershot (A510), Canon XSi/EOS 450D (450D), Canon EOS 6D mark 1 (6D1), and Fujifilm X70 (X70). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-99u.